Allow-list of operations

Introduction

The Allow-list is a list of safe operations (GraphQL queries, mutations or subscriptions) that is stored by the GraphQL engine in its metadata. When enabled, it can be used to restrict the GraphQL engine so that it executes only those operations that are present in the list (available after version v1.0.0-beta.1).

Adding or removing a operation in allow-list

You can add or remove a operation in the allow-list in two ways:

  • Using the console: Head to the Settings (⚙) –> Allow list section in the console. You can add a new operation to the allow-list or upload a list of new operations from a file that will be added to the allow-list. You can also see a list of existing operations in the allow-list and delete them individually.

    • You can add an individual operation, like the one below, manually to the allow-list with a name.

      query ($id: Int!){
         user_by_pk(id: $id){
           __typename
           id
           name
           company
         }
      }
      
    • You can upload files, like this sample file, to add multiple operations to the allow-list (each operation needs to have a name).

  • Using metadata APIs: Queries can be stored in collections and a collection can be added to or removed from the allow-list. See Collections & Allow-list APIs for API reference.

Note

  • __typename introspection fields will be ignored when adding operations and comparing them to the allow-list.

  • Any introspection queries that your client apps require will have to be explicitly added to the allow-list to allow running them.

  • The order of fields in a query will be strictly compared. E.g. assuming the query in the first example above is part of the allow-list, the following query will be rejected:

    query ($id: Int!){
       user_by_pk(id: $id){
         __typename
         name
         id
         company
       }
    }
    
  • The allow-list is stored in the metadata. To version control the state of the list, you are required to export the metadata. See Managing Hasura metadata for more details.

  • You can modify the allow-list without actually enabling it on your instance.

Enable allow-list

The allow-list validation can be enabled by setting the HASURA_GRAPHQL_ENABLE_ALLOWLIST environment variable to true or running the GraphQL engine with the --enable-allowlist flag (default value is false). See reference docs.

Note

The allow-list validation will not be enforced for the admin role.